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* AlasPoorScrappy: [[spoiler:Luvbi,]] although she ultimately survives.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: It doesn't have much bearing on the story, but your individual interpretation of exactly how smart Dimentio is can be very easily swayed if you choose not to believe his IMeantToDoThat claim after Dimension D ends up increasing your power as well as his own. [[spoiler:This can have a little FridgeBrilliance to it if you agree with Tippi's theory that Dimentio is a psychopath. While many RealLife psychopaths are incredibly talented manipulators, they also tend to be impulsive and have trouble thinking their actions all the way through]].
* AntiClimaxBoss:
** Bonechill, the Chapter 7 boss. He's the leader of the Skellobit invasion, implied to be the Mario equivalent of Satan, and personally attacked Grambi...but he's a serious pushover. Sure, you can only hurt his head, and only Luigi can attack the head (unless you do some fancy exploits involving Thudley and mercy invincibility). However, it's possible to use Luigi's super jump (which does double damage when used as an attack) and go through Bonechill's head, and the ceiling is high enough that if you do that, you can GoombaStomp Bonechill's head afterwards. Multiple times. Now recall that Bonechill has 80 HP. If you kill most of the enemies you can (and got the Power Plus in Flopside), you should have around 8-10 attack. End result: Bonechill goes down in a few seconds, singlehandedly taking the title of the easiest boss in the game. It's even worse if you played the previous two games before this, as the Crystal King and Magnus von Grapple 2.0, the other Chapter 7 bosses, were rather challenging bosses.
** If you have Luigi when you battle Wracktail, he's easier than Fracktail, since you can just super jump the horn, and when Wracktail does a loop, timing a jump with Luigi may allow you to land on the dragon ''again'' without having to go through the ground phase.
*** Peach makes jumping the loop even easier, and it's even possible to land right back on top of the horn without switching back to Luigi.
** Shadoo can be this if you're at a high enough level when you get to him. And considering what [[BrutalBonusLevel comes before him]], that's not all that unlikely. Shadoo's [[MirrorMatch fighting methods]] are easily countered by spamming Bowser's Fire Breath.
** Peach's ability to completely negate damage with her umbrella takes a lot of bite out of the game if you're skilled enough. A common strategy for Brobot L-Type is simply to bomb his feet and then hide.
** Super Dimentio himself can be this, if the player elects to face him as Bowser with Thudley as the active Pixl. He has 200 hp, which is normally a lot, but is easily worn down due to the following details: 1) Endgame Mario typically deals around 12-14 damage per hit. 2) Bowser has an attack equal to double the rest of the party (bringing it up to 24-28). 3) Thudley doubles attack power over again (48-56). 4) Jumping on the boss's head allows for another stomp immediately afterwards, and the boss's hitbox is big enough that these stomps can be chained easily. All that put together makes it entirely possible to kill Super Dimentio essentially as soon as he stops being invincible.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: See AwesomeMusic.PaperMario.
* BestBossEver: [[FinalBoss Super Dimentio.]] Although he's not as hard as the previous games' endbosses, he's immensely fun to fight against, with some really crazy attacks, moves, and has [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome The Ultimate Show blaring in the background.]] Not to mention that you're basically fighting [[spoiler:LUIGI]] of all people [[spoiler:even though he's being possessed by Dimentio, obviously]].
** The first major boss, Fracktail, is pretty awesome as well. It's a BackgroundBoss that, the moment it attacks you, you have to flip dimensions to jump into his back, and then you have to throw objects into its core at his head to harm it, making for a pretty cool, if somewhat easy fight.
* BestLevelEver: Chapter 3, with its pixel-like art design, getting a lot of useful Pixls, and ''especially'' Francis and using him to poke fun at {{Otaku}} people.
** Chapter 6 gets praise for being such a massive WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:its depiction of a world reduced to literally nothing still haunts players to this day.]]
** Chapter 7 is well liked due to its depiction of the Greek Underworld and biblical Heaven, as well as just about every chapter having a memorable moment: 7-1 has you go through the River Twygz to find [[spoiler:Luigi]], 7-2 contains a boss fight that's a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', 7-3 has the different-colored apples and their varying effects on Princess Peach, and 7-4 has [[spoiler:an all-out brawl between the Nimbis of the Overthere and the Skellobits contained in the Underwhere, as well as one of the saddest "AlasPoorScrappy" moments in existence]], even if [[spoiler:that last one is undone in the postgame]].
** [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Chapter 8]] as well, thanks to its amazing atmosphere, being one of the more challenging parts of the game, the DuelBoss fights at the end of each part, and of course, the final battle against [[BigBad Count Bleck]] which is then followed by...
* BrokenBase: The game is very divisive among fans of the previous games.
** Is the gameplay genuinely fun or too easy?
** This installment of the franchise is ''vastly'' more story-heavy, with large quantities of text. Is that good, bad, or ugly?
** The story itself can be rather divisive. Is it a genuinely good entry in what is usually a story-light franchise, or does it not mesh with the franchise at all?
* CompleteMonster: [[MonsterClown Dimentio]] masquerades as a [[LaughablyEvil humorous henchman]] under [[BigBad Count Bleck's]] employ, while [[AxCrazy secretly harboring more sinister designs]]. [[TheChessmaster Dimentio]] subtly [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates every faction towards his ultimate goal,]] that being to use the Chaos Heart to obliterate reality so that he could create a beautiful new one under his total control. To this end, Dimentio brainwashes Fracktail and sends him out to be killed by Mario, experiments on his own subordinates with the brain-jacking Floro Sprouts, seemingly murders Mario and his friends and non-lethally sends them to the Underwhere, and secretly implants a Floro Sprout within Luigi's mind as to revert him back to Mr. L. After Count Bleck is defeated, Dimentio [[TheStarscream attempts to kill him]], seemingly murdering Bleck's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Nastasia in the process. Dimentio seizes Luigi as his host in the final battle and, [[TakingYouWithMe after his defeat, uses the Chaos Heart]] to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy everything]] as an act of spite. Dimentio performed horrid acts with flamboyant abandon and saw everybody as little more than a chess piece to play; ultimately, his remorselessly destructive actions cemented him as the [[KnightOfCerebus prime monster]] of the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' franchise.
* ContestedSequel: The shift away from RPG gameplay to traditional platforming causes this reaction among players. While most would agree that ''Super'' is a good game with a great storyline, whether it is a worthy successor to the previous games is another matter entirely.
* CounterpartComparison: Dimentio is frequently compared to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka Palazzo]] due to the fact that they're both LaughablyEvil [[MonsterClown harlequins]] who wish to destroy everything and recreate it due to their own insanity. Both of them also betray their own men and manipulate everyone and due to their presence cause the game to have a BittersweetEnding.
* CreepyCute: Despite being a large source of NightmareFuel, Mimi has a relatively large following.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Despite his inhuman actions, Dimentio is likely one of the most popular villains in the franchise and has oodles of fans willing to excuse his atrocities because he's suave, and for that matter hilarious.
* EnjoyTheStorySkipTheGame: While the gameplay is [[BrokenBase divisive]] as described above, almost everyone agrees this game has one of the best stories of all the Mario [=RPGs=], and most of its characters are incredibly popular.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** [[http://mrl-fc.deviantart.com/gallery/9267467#/d2em8eo People]] [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&global=1&q=Mr+L#/d1q5jnu seem]] [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=Mr%20L&order=9&offset=24&offset=24#/d29cgvn to]] [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=Mr%20L&order=9&offset=0&offset=48#/d2v64tp really]] [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=Mr%20L&order=9&offset=24&offset=72#/d1hg7pm like]] [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=Mr%20L&order=9&offset=24&offset=72#/d1rojsl Mr. L.]]
** Basically, all of [[AntiVillain Team Bleck]] get this to various degrees (with the exception of Dimentio, who gets this for [[LoveToHate completely different reasons]]). All three of his other minions are praised for their UndyingLoyalty to the count until the very end, O'Chunks is particularly memorable for his amusing ProudWarriorRaceGuy DumbMuscle mentality as well as his [[{{Fartillery}} method of flight]] [[OlderThanTheyThink before the Wario Waft was even a thing]], Mimi is liked for her CuteMonsterGirl design, [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shape-shifting abilities]], and [[NightmareFuel legitimately terrifying true form]], Nastasia is liked for her secretary personality, [[MindControlEyes hypnotic abilities]] (which in turn gave birth to Mr. L above), and heartwarming backstory, and Count Bleck himself is widely praised for his tragic background, AffablyEvil nature, and his genuinely touching CharacterDevelopment ''in a Mario game''. These characters are sorely missed by many, especially with ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar Sticker Star]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash Color Splash]]'' being the apparent new standard.
* EpilepticTrees:
** It's widely speculated that Mimi is [[spoiler:the Pixl Queen, the flawed original attempt at creating a Pixl that turned out evil]]. And also that [[spoiler:she's the result of a witch's experiments to try and create a potion that allows the drinker to shapeshift]].
*** Another likely contender for that role is [[spoiler:Shadoo, Bonus Boss at the bottom of the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials, who plans on killing and replacing the Four Heroes and using their Pixls to take revenge on the Ancients]].
** A theory on Dimentio is that he wrote the Dark Prognisticus (which would make him [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld pretty damn old]].) There's also the question as to why Tippi recognizes him the first time she sees him. He's also [[spoiler:possibly the son of the guy who first created the Pixls, with his daughter being the one who, outraged at his treatment of the Pixls, became the Pixl Queen and led the Pixls to war against the Ancients. The son vanished as a result of this debacle]]. If all of the above is true, [[spoiler:''that means that Mimi and Dimentio are '''siblings''''']]. Holy crap.
** It's also theorized that Dimentio is [[http://mario.wikia.com/wiki/Merloo Merloo]] (or perhaps his descendant), one of the four sages in the Tribe of Ancients. Both are described as being powerful, dimension-controlling magicians. If Merloo and Dimentio are the same person, this means that Dimentio was a leader of the Tribe of Ancients, and he wrote both the Dark and Light Prognosticus.
** It's been strongly peculated that Shadoo could possibly be the Pixl Queen, claiming many key details match up. As Carson states, the Pixl Queen was created by the Ancients, and tried to overthrow the Ancients with a Pixl Army after developing a grudge against them, like how Shadoo loathed the Ancients and was planning to use the clones of the 4 Heroes to save the multiverse from destruction in their place and use the Pixls to enact revenge in the process. Also, the Pixl Queen's fate was unrevealed, and she was never explicitly stated to have been killed just beaten, implying she survived the fight (and proceed to hide down in the Flopside pit to wait thousands of years for the heroes to come for revenge). The Pixl Queen was also said to have "powers of illusion", which she used to obstruct herself, similar to how Shadoo hid the clones, the Warp Pipe, and even... Shadoo.
* EvilIsCool:
** Luigi is pretty cool on his own, but Mr. L is Luigi working for the villains after encountering Dimentio. That's ''pretty awesome''.
** Dimentio too, thanks to his [[LaughablyEvil hilarious personality]] and [[MagnificentBastard manipulative skills]].
* {{Fanon}}: Some have taken the puffed up and aggressive Mr. L character from this game and mutated him into Luigi's darker, brooding alter ego, with all the standard trimmings.
* FauxSymbolism:
** Chapter 7 is full of it, such as the forbidden apple that brings trouble when eaten, the chapter boss being [[spoiler:a former Nimbi who was exiled to the Underwhere]], the Nimbis' battle with the Skellobits, and the fact that [[spoiler:the daughter of a seemingly deistic figure sacrifices herself to save the universe]].
** Heroes foretold by a prophecy as Chosen Ones. Chapter 7 pushes it even further, as those same heroes are sent to the afterlife and come back even stronger from both Hell and Heaven.
** In Sammer's Kingdom, you might notice lycoris flowers growing along the path. In legends, they're often believed to grow when people who meet shall never see each other again. Pretty epic foreshadowing for [[spoiler:TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
** The original Pixl created by the Ancients rebelled against her creators and tried to bring about a rebellion only to fail and be cast out. So, Pixl {{Satan}}.
* GameBreaker:
** In an already relatively easy game, using Carrie with Bowser (plus Bone-In Cut and other power-upgrading items) means that the game almost becomes a complete joke, since Bowser is normally a MightyGlacier, but using Carrie while controlling Bowser turns him into an unstoppable LightningBruiser, especially in higher levels.
** There's also Peach using her umbrella as a helmet when crouching, which makes her entirely immune to damage.
** Dottie allows your character to become really small, with the bonus effect of enemies not being able to see you. What makes this a game breaker is that you retain the damage stat you have at normal size. In the Flipside and Flopside Pits of 100 Trials, this can allow you to clear multiple floors without fear of dealing with cramped corridors or enemies with projectiles, saving you a lot of health.
* GoddamnedBoss: Francis. His attacks are pretty easy to avoid, but the small window of time he's visible and vulnerable, combined with the fact that you can only tell where he is while invisible by flipping and can't see to the left while in 3D mode, means you may be fighting him for quite a while.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** If you beat [[spoiler:Shadoo]] in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials, you get a post-battle comment, unique to whichever character you were using. Luigi's line is "Even if he was a fake... [[spoiler:I don't ever wanna fight my Bro]] again!". All well and good if you go through the Pit after completing the game, but, though difficult, it can also be completed ''before'' [[spoiler:fighting Super Dimentio.]]
** Bowser says at one point that he "can't keep with plot points being this complicated". [[VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar Fast forward to 2012,]] and you learn that the new ''Paper Mario'' game has a [[ExcusePlot barebones story.]]
** [[spoiler:Sammer's Kingdom]] being temporarily reduced to an empty space, and even [[spoiler:[[HeavenAndHell The Underwhere and The Overthere]]]] not being safe from The Void. Come ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', and [[spoiler:TheMultiverse -- afterlife and all -- in Future Trunks's timeline gets a similar fate... and, unlike the aforementioned Sammer's Kingdom, stays that way]].
* HellIsThatNoise:
** The beeping and crashing sounds in the theme for [[spoiler:the World of Nothing (what Sammer's Kingdom briefly becomes post-Void)]].
** The "subliminal messaging" in the theme for the River Twygz Bed.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Turns out that if Bowser and Peach were to marry, the universe DOES implode.
** One of the items on Francis' wish list is a [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 Tanooki Suit]] with real tanooki fur. When the suit made an official return in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'', [=PETA=] threw a hissy fit over [[FurAndLoathing wearing tanooki fur]].
** In some of the levels, there are cracks that appear to be scattered over the universe. Skip to 2010, and cracks in the universe are featured in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** One of the [[https://www.mariowiki.com/images/thumb/a/a0/DimentioSuperPaperMario.png/200px-DimentioSuperPaperMario.png official portraits of Dimentio]] has him making a pose oddly similar to a dab.
* ItsEasySoItSucks: Aside from the unexpectedly changed gameplay, this is one of the two main complaints thrown at this game. While the previous games weren't particularly hard (unless you apply {{Self Imposed Challenge}}s, they weren't exactly easy either, as they had several difficult moments, most notably ''Paper Mario''s Huff n' Puff and ''The Thousand-Year Door''s FinalBoss.) Due to the enemies' relatively low health, coupled with a broken levelling system and many {{Game Breaker}}s, most bosses being [[AntiClimaxBoss pushovers,]] and that the "strategy" of most battles amounts to doing the GoombaStomp over and over, on top of the lack of badges meaning that there's no easy way to do a SelfImposedChallenge beyond only playing as Mario for most of the game and not using some Pixls, and you have some good reasons why some people dislike ''Super Paper Mario''s gameplay. That said, the levels themselves can be fairly challenging at times, [[HardLevelsEasyBosses especially in comparison to most bosses.]]
* JerkassWoobie: Count Bleck may be an OmnicidalManiac, but he's also both a genuine BenevolentBoss to his minions -- giving them hope after their various {{Despair Event Horizon}}s, no less -- and a [[spoiler:TragicVillain who snapped after his father's DisproportionateRetribution against Tippi]]. The fact that he not only [[spoiler:wants to be defeated out of remorse]], but also [[spoiler:seemingly sacrifices himself to undo everything he started]] doesn't hurt, either.
** Why did King Croacus invoke BrainwashedAndCrazy on the Cragnons? Because [[spoiler:they polluted his people's water and drove him nuts.]]
* MagnificentBastard: Dimentio. This guy manages to nearly bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt without ever really needing to lift a finger, and even [[spoiler:seemingly ''kills'' Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser]] in a fantastic subversion of NoSneakAttacks that comes out of ''nowhere'', and is only really hurt by the fact that [[spoiler:he just sent them to the afterlife non-lethally.]] Granted, that was [[ThePlan part of the plan]], and things were set up to still go through even if he himself was defeated.
%%* MemeticBadass: The Green Thunder, Mr. L!
* MoralEventHorizon: Dimentio goes through this when he murders all the characters taking Mario, Luigi and Bowser to Hell all with a SlasherSmile. He just takes it further when it's revealed that he [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates everyone]] so he can [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the universe]] and when he's defeated, destroy everything as an act of spite.
* {{Narm}}:
** The use of the term [[NeverSayDie "Ending your/my game"]] is a bit silly during one of the more dramatic parts of game ([[spoiler:when Count Bleck had lost the will to live and asks you to finish him off]]). Of course, NeverSayDie isn't always in effect in the game (particularly [[BonusBoss Wracktail's]] line, "I shall punish you...with death!").
** Of course, Bleck appears before you in Sammer's Kingdom and goes into a bit of EvilGloating about how you can't possibly save the world, afterward the Sammer Guy you defeated just before this.... speaks entirely in all-caps HulkSpeak. If you leave the room and come back, he'll say he told the king about it, but since he was fast enough to get there and back that quickly, you have to ask why he didn't just bring the Pure Heart back with him.
** At one point, Tippi uses the word "discombobulated" in a serious sentence.
** The end of Chapter 7 in the third game is probably one of the saddest, most heartrending scenes in the series. When you're told that you can take the final Pure Heart, if you're playing as Luigi at the moment, he responds simply with, "Okey-dokey." Worst part being that the boss leading to that cutscene isn't the hardest boss, but is a total push over with Luigi, so if you know this, ''you probably were playing as Luigi.''
** Admittedly, some people might find Bleck [[spoiler:professing his love to a technicolored Pixl butterfly]] at the end kind of hard to take seriously, even if it is a ''Paper Mario'' game.
** Nastasia's final (or close to it) line in the game: "[[spoiler:Let's pencil in an appointment of hope.]]" They really couldn't bring themselves to drop the office speak for that one moment? However, this is NarmCharm for some fans, who feel it's a perfectly in-character way for her to express herself like that.
** Nolrem's response to the end of all worlds approaching when [[spoiler:Super Dimentio takes control of the Chaos Heart]] is simply [[DullSurprise "...How unfortunate."]]
* TheScrappy: Luvbi, due to her attitude. [[spoiler:[[AlasPoorScrappy That didn't stop players from crying]] over her DisneyDeath.]]
** To some extent, Francis, as he spends a good part straddling the line between a parody of hardcore nerds/geeks/otakus and insult, and sometimes he jumps over into "insult" territory. Or worse, a reminder of actual fellow nerds they'd rather not have met.
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/PaperMario Over here]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Those who wanted the usual [=RPG=] [[BrokenBase weren't exactly happy with this game]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Bonechill has an excellent setup for an EnsembleDarkhorse ThatOneBoss: being a ShownTheirWork SatanicArchetype, managing to invoke a HellInvadesHeaven NearVillainVictory, and following in the footsteps of the Crystal King and Magnus von Grapple 2.0 (Lord Crump). Instead, he's ultimately just an AntiClimaxBoss who's practically forgotten-about almost immediately after his defeat. Granted, The Void is far more pressing at the moment, but it still just seems like a complete waste of a potential VillainOfAnotherStory.
* ToughActToFollow: Coming off of the much-loved ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', this game already had an uphill battle ahead of it with its sudden shift to action RPG rather than the usual turn-based battle.
* TrueArtIsAngsty: The story is widely viewed as the game's best part, and the best story to come out of the Mario franchise. [[DarkerAndEdgier It's far and away the darkest]], [[TearJerker loaded with tragedy]], [[BittersweetEnding and take a high price for the otherwise happy ending]].
* ViewerGenderConfusion: King Croacus. It's implied that Floro Sapiens have no sexual dimorphism. All four paintings of the former rulers look exactly the same except for coloring, the second of which is confirmed as female.
* VindicatedByHistory: This game was met with a BrokenBase when it was first released, mainly because not everyone was pleased with its choice to ditch turn-based battles and the reduced difficulty. Nowadays this has mostly died down, ''especially'' with the release of ''Sticker Star'' which caused many people to start to appreciate the ways in which ''Super'' still felt like a true ''Paper Mario'' game (particularly the humor, charm and story), and people who once loathed the game tend to generally view it as a different but enjoyable game with a great story, almost like a spinoff of a spinoff series. The game still has its hatedom, but it's a VocalMinority at this point. ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash'' have also helped give fans something else to complain about. It helps that the game keeps the feeling that the first two games had while building on top of it, unlike ''Sticker Star'' and ''Color Splash'', which ditched it almost entirely as well.